Monday, August 20, 2012


   Jars are very nice for crafting – they are simple in using and there are a million of ideas to use them. Let’s make candle holders. The supplies are craft glue, small glass jar, small cup, scissors, paint brush, light fabric. Measure the fabric and cut it to fit the jar. One part glue and two parts water to be ore exact, then you will take the fabric materials and place them into the mixture, after that get rid of the unnecessary glue. Now place the fabric in the jar, with the pattern face up, and use your brush to get rid of all the bubbles that are stack between the fabric and the jar. After you managed yourself with the first one, do that with the rest of the fabric. These candle holders will create a romantic and relaxing atmosphere.


   This recipe was found at www.cookingandme.com .  Chocolate and doughnuts what a combo!

Sometimes, you need to bake something for friends you are visiting for dinner. When you are trying to decide what to make, you need to figure out how to use that amazing Valrhona cocoa powder you've been saving up for too long, the doughnut pan which you thought was such a smart and essential buy, and you also need to make sure your own chocolate craving is satisfied.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Doughnut Cakes Recipe

I turned to one of my favourite books to address all of the above - A Passion for Baking by Marcy Goldman. I managed to use up the cocoa powder, inaugurate the new doughnut pan which I am in love with now, and get some super fudgy, sticky, not-so-sweet, delicious chocolate doughnut cakes.


The original recipe was for Dark Fudge Bundt Cake but that shouldn't deter us. Make it into anything you like - a cake, bundt cake, cupcakes, or these lovely doughnut shaped ones if you have the right pan.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Doughnut Cakes

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Makes 18 - 20 doughnut cakes
Source: A Passion for Baking by Marcy Goldman

1 ¾ cups of white sugar
1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup of unsalted butter, melted
3 eggs
2 tsp of vanilla extract
3 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour
¾ cup of cocoa powder
2 tsp of baking powder
1 ½ tsp of baking soda
½ tsp of salt
1 ½ cups of warm coffee (I used warm water mixed with 2 tsp instant coffee powder)

How I Made It:

1. Preheat oven to 350F / 180C. Generously grease a cupcake tray, (grease the liners if using), doughnut pan, ramekins, or bundt pan, whatever you prefer to use. This cake tends to be quite sticky after baking so make sure you grease your pans well. You can make out the stickiness from the first picture, actually!

2. In a bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together until well blended.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Doughnut Cakes Recipe

3. In a separate bowl, combine both the sugars with the melted butter. Mix well.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Doughnut Cakes Recipe

4. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat for a minute until smooth. I did this in my Kitchenaid to make things easier (and also so I would I get some use out of it!)

Dark Chocolate Fudge Doughnut Cakes Recipe

5. Then add the flour mixture and stir to moisten the batter.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Doughnut Cakes Recipe

6. Slowly drizzle in the coffee, stirring at the same time carefully to make a smooth batter. I mixed it gently just enough for all the ingredients to blend well. Don’t overbeat.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Doughnut Cakes Recipe

7. Spoon batter halfway into the prepared moulds or pans and bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 mins until the top glistens and springs back on touch.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Doughnut Cakes Recipe

8. Remove and cool before sprinkling with icing sugar. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Doughnut Cakes Recipe

After 2 days, store in the refrigerator for up to a week and serve warmed in the microwave for 30 seconds or after leaving it out for about 2 hours.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Doughnut Cakes Recipe

These carry really well for a party or pot luck. I love them as-is with no frosting or even dusting of sugar, with a glass of cold milk. Yum!

- This recipe makes a lot of cake so halve it if you'd like. Some of the measurements are not easy to halve so do what I do. If you need to halve 1/3 cup for instance, just take a 1/3 cup measurement cup and fill it half way. For eggs, just use 2 instead of trying to use 1.5 eggs.
- I've mentioned it in the recipe but I'll say it again. The cake comes out quite moist and sticky so grease your pans well
- If you'd like a sweeter cake, increase sugar amounts. I know it looks like a lot but we are also adding a fair bit of chocolate and coffee. Adjust accordingly. You can also frost it if you'd like, keeping the amount of sugar the same as in above recipe
- To make this cake eggless, follow usual substitution ingredients (eg: flax seed meal, Ener-G, yogurt, etc)


    The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event which since 1964 has taken place on the streets of Notting Hill, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea , London, UK each August, over two days (the August bank holiday Monday and the day beforehand). It is led by members of the West Indian community, particularly the Trinidadian and Tobagonian British population or 'Trinis', many of whom have lived in the area since the 1950s. The carnival has attracted up to 2 million people in the past, making it the second largest street festival in the world after the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival held in that country.


    The roots of the Notting Hill Carnival come from two separate but connected strands. The Carnival began in January 1959 in St Pancras Town Hall as a response to the depressing state of race relations at the time; the UK's first widespread racial attacks (the Notting Hill race riots) had occurred the previous year. This carnival organised by Claudia Jones (a "Trini") who is widely recognised as 'the Mother of the Notting Hill Carnival', was a huge success, despite being held indoors. The other important strand was the "hippie" London Free School inspired festival that became the first organised outside event in August 1966. The prime mover was Rhaune

   Laslett, who was not aware of the indoor events when she first raised the idea. This was a more diverse Notting Hill event to promote cultural unity. A street party for neighbourhood children turned into a carnival procession when Russell Henderson's steel band (who had played at the earlier Claudia Jones events) went on a walkabout.

   The carnival's traditional starting point has been Emslie Horniman's Pleasance in nearby Ladbroke Grove.
    By 1976, the event had become definitely Caribbean in flavour, with around 150,000 people attending. However, in that year and several subsequent years, the carnival
was marred by riots, in which predominantly Caribbean youths fought with police — a target due to the continuous harassment the population felt they were under. During this period, there was considerable coverage of the disorder in the press, which some felt took an unfairly negative and one-sided view of the carnival. For a while it looked as if the event would be banned. Prince Charles was one of the few establishment figures who supported the event.

    In recent years, the event has been much freer from serious trouble and is generally viewed very positively by the authorities as a dynamic celebration of London's multi-cultural diversity, though dominated by the Caribbean culture in the best traditions of Rio. However, there has been controversy over the public safety aspects of holding such a well-attended event in narrow streets in a small area of London.
    Concerns about the size of the event resulted in London's former Mayor, Ken Livingstone, setting up a Carnival Review Group to look into "formulating

guidelines to safeguard the future of the Carnival". An interim report by the review resulted in a change to the route in 2002. When the full report was published in 2004, it recommended that Hyde Park be used as a "savannah"; though this move has attracted some concern that the Hyde Park event may overshadow the original street carnival.
    In 2003, the Notting Hill Carnival was run by a limited company, the Notting Hill Carnival Trust Ltd. A report by the London Development Agency on the 2002 Carnival estimated that the event contributes around £93 million to the London and UK economy.
    In 2005, entrants from the Notting Hill Carnival participated in the Bridgwater, Somerset, carnival - Europe's largest lighted carnival and part of the West Country Carnival circuit.
Attendance Figures

2010 - 1,000,000

2009 - 720,000


2008 - 850,000

2007 - 850,000 (250,000 Sunday | 600,000 Monday)

2006- 1,000,000 (500,000 Sunday | 500,000 Monday) organizers / 800,000 (300,000 Sun | 500,000 Mon) authorities

2005 - 750,000

2004 - 750,000

2003 - 600,000

2002 - 1,400,000

2001 - 1,250,000

2000 - 1,500,000

1999 - 1,400,000

1998 - 1,150,000

1997 - 1,300,000

1996 - 1,000,000

Public Order
    Since the carnival did not have local authority permission, initial police involvement was aimed at preventing it taking place at all, which resulted in regular confrontation and riots. A change of policy came after a confrontation in 1987, which saw a change to allowing the Carnival to take place with police taking a more conciliatory approach. During the 2000 Carnival, two men were murdered and future policing, whilst conciliatory, has led to police deployment in large numbers - upwards of 11,000. Some of the crime associated has been displaced to the periphery. In 2007, two teenagers were shot just outside the Carnival area. The Review in 2000 by participants (but not local residents) resisted calls from the Mayor of London to resite the event in Hyde Park but led to the parades taking a circular rather than linear route.

    The 2008 Carnival was marred by rioting right at the very end of the weekend, involving large numbers of youths and injuries to police. Some media outlets captured footage of the violence - approximately 500 youths were arrested. The carnival has come under criticism for its cost to the London taxpayer as the cost for policing the event totalled over £6,000,000, however, it is argued that this should be put into context as the carnival is estimated to bring in approximately £93,000,000 into the local economy.
   Five murders have taken place since 1987:
30 August 1987 - Michael Augustine Galvin, 23, stallholder - stabbed.
26 August 1991 - Dr. Nicholas John Hanscomb, 38, bled to death after being stabbed in the thigh.
28 August 2000 - Greg Fitzgerald Watson, 21, stabbed to death after an argument over food.
28 August 2000 - Abdul Munam Bhatti, 28, beaten to death in a racially motivated attack by a group of 40-50 youths.
30 August 2004 - Lee Christopher Surbaran, 27, shot by a gang using a machine pistol for "showing disrespect".